Hero of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton (0.615 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Ed Lucas (-0.147 WPA)
Play of the Game: Giancarlo Stanton homers off Heath Bell (+0.373 WPA)
A month ago, the Miami Marlins faced the Arizona Diamondbacks, and I published my reactions to the game. One might have seen it as a simple game recap. I would call it the horrified reactions of a man who just discovered that there is a monster in his closet. I refer, of course, to Paul Goldschmidt.
He came back, and caused just as much destruction as before. Goldschmidt hit his 16th home run off Jacob Turner in the third inning, and singled in Gerardo Parra in the fifth. Thankfully, the Marlins' own weapon of mass destruction has returned from a month in the repair shop.
Giancarlo Stanton single-handedly powered the Marlins to victory, ruining an otherwise magnificent performance by Patrick Corbin. Corbin has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this year, posting a 2.28 ERA across 14 starts. He easily punched through the Marlins lineup last night, striking out seven batters in eight innings pitched. Alas, his one mistake to Stanton cost the Diamondbacks their lead.
The Marlins went into the ninth tied, but Stanton quickly took advantage of meltdown artist Heath Bell, smashing a 95 mile per hour fastball to right field. Steve Cishek then closed out the game successfully in the bottom of the inning. Credit Jacob Turner for persevering through five tough innings, and just allowing two runs.